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christmas

Second Collection 16/17 December for the Night Shelter for the homeless.

Repository Open In The Hall after both Sat 6.30 pm and Sun 10.30 am Masses this weekend. Christmas items and 2018 calendars and diaries will be on sale as well as the usual items.

SERVICES OVER CHRISTMAS: There is a leaflet at the back of the Church giving details of Services in the five Cluster Parishes over Christmas. Please help yourself to a copy.

SHOEBOXES: 77 shoebox gifts were taken for onward transport along with over five thousand others from the surrounding area, packed in 505 cartons and taken to Bulgaria for distributing to some of the most needy children. Fr. Lijo sent them with blessings to the recipients and we wish to add our gratitude to all who contributed to this year’s Christmas appeal. Thank you and well done.     

Sacristy Team: Volunteers are needed for a Sacristy Team to assist the stalwarts who have kept it going. It will run on a rota (like the Readers rota) to ensure the efficient preparation of things needed for our Services. Please contact Gordon Haworth by email 3261289@uwclub.net or tel: 01908 582968.          

Eucharistic Ministers: Would all E.M.H.Cs please collect their new rota from the table at the back of the church.  Any changes for the Christmas masses will be posted on the board in the sacristy. Many thanks.    

Retreat/Holiday in Flanders 8th-15th June 2018: flanders

Once again this lovely retreat is happening staying in a convent in Flanders.  Excursions to the Menin Gate, Ypres for the Last Post, the coast, Bruges and a mystery location. Ideal for anyone on their own. Organised by Dorothy Goodhew. Cost around £600.  Poster on notice board or phone 0123475075 

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Canon Seamus Keenan of The Holy Child & St. Joseph’s Bedford will be leading this pilgrimage from 3rd-7th September 2018.  Join in the 160th Anniversary of the first apparition, follow in the footsteps of St. Bernadette.  See poster on notice board for full details.  Cost £595 per person (based on 2 or more sharing a room).  Tel:  01234 352569                        

Winter Night Shelter: The MK Winter Night Shelter will be operating from December 1st 2017 to March 15th 2018. Our Parish will open our doors every Sunday night through this period to provide food, shelter and comfort. More volunteers are required. If you are able to help please email wsnightshelter@gmail.com. To find out more contact John Fulton on 07811 336475 or johnf@claremont-centre.com.         

Food Bank:  Please leave donations in the Baptistery at the back of Church.  Low items are:  long life milk, tinned meat/veg/fish/fruit,  children’s cereal, spreads, biscuits, sugar, toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrushes, shower gel, shaving cream/gel, shampoo, deodorants, disposable razors, sugar, toiletries. With Christmas looming Food Banks urgently need all the help we can give them.

Used Stamps:  Please save your used stamps and place in box on table at back of Church.  These help raise money for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Online Form for Church Giving: For more information about secure giving click here. To download a form click here  (Northampton Diocese website).

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